I will understand if you skip to the next essay, which is about ABBA. And I incidentally refer to him by his entire name, "Chuck Klosterman," because I cannot imagine the alternatives--or rather, I can, but I am uncomfortable with them. Most of the time I like what he writes, and occasionally I love certain pieces, or even parts of pieces.
Eating the Dinosaur reminds m Meh. This book is fine. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. He seems to randomly draws two topics out of a hat, finds a way to weave them together, then throws in an opinion on why an intelligent, shape-shifting metal is more believable in "Terminator" than time travel.
It boasts a flat black cover with white type and page edges that look like they were dipped in squid ink. He talks about why Weezer fans never appreciate Weezer albums, Twitter, and the Unibomber. But this cheap listing of memories, good for a sugar rush, does none of the heavy lifting Klosterman does.
His essays are rooted in his journalistic credibility and the quality of outlets where his essays live. Which is why a book like X and an author like Klosterman stand out.
Klosterman can spend 10, words writing about KISS, and it is not ponderous well, maybe or ridiculous again, well, maybe. He injects a level of intellectual rigor into subjects that receive precious little in comparison to their importance to the average person.
At one point while I was reading this book, Klosterman mentioned Matt Dillon and the band Was Not Was although this has noting to do with the title within a few pages of each other.
Razor sharp wit degenerated into whiny self-absorption and self-reference. It is telling, then, that X looks like an imperious book. I hoped that Eating the Dinosaur would be a return to form for Klosterman, after the unreadable novel Downtown Owl. Sometimes it feels like Klosterman could be more something.
There is not a lot that differs from any of his other books -- post "Fargo Rock City" -- including the ones that are fiction or first cousins of fiction. Sometimes this is fine. All of this matters, because writing about popular culture has never been more, well, popular than it is now.
While the occasional glimpse of genius was still visible, the overall impression of his rants was that they were just plain boring and sad.
But not, I make pains to note, pointless. There you are in a mess of words that may or may not interest you and he mentions something you like or remember liking. Share Tweet Submit Pin With his new book, titled X, Chuck Klosterman proves once again that he knows a dissertation-worthy amount about a few connected subjects—namely music and sports.
In short, Klosterman is obviously intelligent, and he obviously cares about popular culture. You can find him on Twitter or at his website. So if you want a paradoxically deep but approachable dive into any given subject around his two loci, Klosterman is your man. Tags chuck klosterman Recently in Books.
To discount the power of pop culture would be tantamount to waving away the powers of religion or politics, to name-check more esteemed elements of culture. The only thing missing is plastic wrap to guard against hands pawing through the pristine tome.
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(And by virtue of writing a cultural essay on cultural essays, I’m contributing to and benefitting from this noise myself). Which is why a book like X and an author like Klosterman stand out.
His essays are rooted in his journalistic credibility and the quality of outlets where his essays live. Klosterman has written nine previous books, helped found and establish Grantland, served as the New York Times Magazine Ethicist, worked on film and television productions, and contributed profiles and essays to outlets such as GQ, Esquire, Billboard, The A.V.
Club, and The Guardian.Download